August 19 2009
August 19 2009—Daily Journal
Proverbs 19:2 →Do you know what you are doing? Yes, you have enthusiasm, but do you know how to use it? Do you understand the consequences? Don't miss doing what you ought because you were hasty.
Proverbs 19:8 →Best thing you can do for yourself? Acquire wisdom. Best thing you can do for others? Acquire wisdom. Hmmm....
Proverbs 19:10 →Because the fool has either acquired luxury falsely or will not appreciate it. And the second half: other places the Proverbs speak of slaves ruling because they have wisdom and sons don't. It's not fitting for a prince to neglect wisdom thus allowing another to rule over him. He should rule over himself.
Proverbs 19:11 →Our insight should show us that God is still at work in the people around us, and in us. So, we should be patient with them!
Proverbs 19:12 →Dew doesn't last. And a roaring lion allows you to know it's there, and to prepare your defense. Or run away. Remember, if you and I are being chased by a lion, I don't have to be faster than the lion. Just faster than you.
Proverbs 19:14 →God alone can bring the right spouse your way. Parents, train your children to obey God's word in finding that spouse, but you cannot do it for them.
Proverbs 19:18 →I like how Proverbs is soft-spoken and open to interpretation. Oh, wait, this is pretty plain, right? If you don't discipline your children, you are seeking, you are intent on, their death. Remember, you're not their friend. You're the parent.
Proverbs 19:19 →How many times have you covered someone's tantrums or outbursts? They'll keep letting you cover for them until you let them face their own consequences.
Proverbs 19:25 →Sometimes punishment is to teach others. It's not just about restitution, rehabilitation, or revenge. It's to warn the next person. Notice, also, that the discerning learn from words while the inexperienced learn from physical punishment. And the mocker doesn't learn at all.
Proverbs 19:29 →Mockers are those who are consistently against God and His ways, while fools tend to just blunder around. So, a mocker receives a judgment, a long-term punishment, while the fool is beaten and sent on his way.
1 Peter 4:12-13 →Why do we not emphasize this verse more? Do not be surprised at the ordeal! Guess what, Christians? Peter expressed that life would be rough sometimes, and that we should not be surprised by that fact.
1 Peter 4:8 →Love covers a multitude of sins. Don't take this to mean that love 'covers up' for sins, but rather that if we love one another, we'll more easily forgive and ignore the 'sins' we commit against each other. Like those great Baptist sins of preaching on money, sitting in my seat, showing up for church and Sunday School on time, those kinds of things. Our love for each other ought to overlook the wrong notes in the right song, not the wrong song.
Romans 11:1-2 →Paul's evidence that God has not rejected Israel? Himself, an Israelite that God had saved through Christ.
Romans 11:29-32 →All are in disobedience, showing that none are saved apart from God's grace.
Romans 11:33 ->Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
Those are my thoughts this morning.